A Walk Through Abandoned Liverpool


Guest post about Liverpool by Mark Giacomin

Liverpool in England was nominated as the European Capital of Culture for 2008 and efforts were made to regenerate large parts of the city as a result. The city has a long cultural history, especially in regards to popular music. Musicians from the city have produced 56 No. 1 singles, more than any other city in the world. The Beatles are arguably the most famous musical act from the city. The world’s biggest-selling girl band, the Spice Girls, also had a member from Liverpool. Other popular acts from the city include Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and more.

As a result of the city’s tenure as European Capital of Culture, there has been evident urban regeneration in the area  near the docks principally to encourage consumerism. However, it was noticeable that there were abandoned & dilapidated buildings if you wandered along streets away from the centre. As usual, I was armed with my camera.

One of the first things I saw was the paradoxical advertising on Lime Street (Quality Student Accommodation). The Futurist Picture House (built circa 1912) is also on Lime Street & has been closed since 1982.

Quality Student Accommodation in Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is not far from this abandoned building on Lime Street.

Last Picture House

The abandoned Picture House on Lime Street. Note the words above the windows in the middle of the building.

Carrying on up Lime Street, once you reach the intersecting corners of Berry Street/Leech Street, you will find St. Luke’s Church (built between 1811-1832). It was damaged by an incendiary device during World War Two & exists as a burnt-out shell.

St Lukes abandoned church in Liverpool

St Lukes Church was bombed during World War II.

St Luke's Bombed Out Church Gardens

The St Luke’s Bombed Out Church Gardens were left abandoned after being bombed during World War II.

St Lukes Abandoned Church

St Lukes Church is now a memorial to those who died in World War II.

If you continue along Berry Street as & head towards Chinatown. Almost within the shadow of the Chinatown arch I took a photo of a door. It is not in use other than to bear flyers, two of which are Shakespearean…tragedy or comedy?

Abandoned doorway in Liverpool

Advertisements for theatre productions on an abandoned doorway.

I turned around & went left into Duke Street, where you are treated to the enigmatically named Europleasure International Ltd building.

Europleasure International LTD in Liverpool

Europleasure International once produced textiles ranging from toys to clothes.

The following photos were taken as I traversed the various parallel streets either side of Duke Street. The juxtaposition of art/social commentary versus neglect of the buildings appealed to me.

‘Art of War’ & ‘Chewbacca’ seem to be merging into their backgrounds.

Art of War

Liverpool has a long history of social commentary through artwork.

Chewbacca artwork in Liverpool

Chewbacca puts his fingers in his ears in this piece of social commentary.

With ‘Do You Feel Lonely’, I like to think that question is for the building & with ‘Do You Like Your Neighbours’…what neighbours?

Abandoned building in Liverpool

Further social commentary has been painted on this abandoned building.

An abandoned building with graffiti in Liverpool

Using an abandoned building to make a point.

The car park sign was especially cryptic, there was no car park!

Car park sign in Liverpool

A sign for a car park which does not exist.

I took four photos by Canning Dock. The first two are of the Great Western Railway warehouses (built circa 1890). I thought at the time it was odd as there were no train tracks. GWR used have cargo unloaded from boats to transport to other locations. Next one is the Edmund Gardner pilot cutter in dry dock. Last one is of a control panel inside the watchman’s hut.

Great Western Railway warehouses

The exterior of the Great Western Railway warehouses.

Great Western Railway abandoned buildings

These buildings are located in the docks area of the city

black and white photo of a boat in dry dock

A black and white photo of a boat in dry dock.

Control Panel in Watchman's Hut

Inside the Watchman’s Hut.

Finally, perhaps the oddest photo & story of them all. It has been alleged that Liverpool Football Club, either directly or indirectly through third parties, has engineered the purchases of nearby properties (especially in Lothair Road) for well over a decade then intentionally leaving them uninhabited for an eventual stadium expansion. So much for the beautiful game.

Abandoned buildings near Anfield

This row of houses will presumably be demolished for the eventual expansion of Anfield Football Stadium.

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